Leonard ‘Jim’ Thursby

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Leonard ‘Jim’ Thursby
1925  • March 7, 2016

Jim was born as the only child to Leonard & Hulda “Helen” Thursby in Porter, Minnesota.  He graduated from Benson High School in 1943 and then joined the Army.  He served in the Pacific during WWII.  After the war he returned to Benson to work at his Dad’s business (Thursby Chevrolet).  

In 1947,  he met his wife Elinor from Montevideo.  They had three children: Bob Thursby of Sarasota, Florida, Tom Thursby of San Diego, & Debra (Thursby) Burns of San Diego.  

Jim was a lifelong golfer and was president of the Benson Golf Course 1952-53.  In 1956, the family moved to San Diego, CA.  They raised their children in San Diego.  In the 1960s, he managed and coached several teams for Tecolote Little League.  He helped expand and build the many baseball fields there.  He worked for San Diego County Social Services and retired at age 55.  

In retirement, Jim and Elinor traveled the world, loved to swing dance, and helped raise their grandchildren.   Jim continued to golf into his 70s.  

He is survived by his wife, three children, six grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.  

Jim died of heart failure March 7,  2016 at 90 years old and is now in the loving arms of his savior Jesus.

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